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November 26, 2008

[Insert Salutation here]:

I received information suggesting that scientist Wo Weihan may be at imminent risk of execution
as early as this Thursday, November 27, 2008.

Wo Weihan was sentenced to death for spying in May 2007 after a trial in Beijing. His “crimes”
consisted of discussing the health status of senior Chinese leaders and of reading and sending to
others information from a “classified” magazine available in the Chinese Academy of Sciences
library. These charges are absurd. Moreover, Wo was not allowed access to a lawyer after
detention, and there are concerns that he may have been mistreated to extract a confession, which
he later recanted. Finally, Wo’s trial was closed and there are concerns that the trial may not
have been fair.

I urge you not to execute Wo Weihan. The execution of a person for non-violent crime based on
such flimsy charges and on improper procedures would be a travesty of justice. I would also ask
that you use your influence to move China towards a moratorium on executions with a view to
abolishing the death penalty, as provided by UN General Assembly resolution 62/149, adopted
on December 18, 2007.

Respectfully yours,